100-mile Trailblaster 12 hour Relay Challenge. 22nd February 7am – 7pm. Towneley Park Burnley.
A nice little warm up to the real event!
To help kick start the Pendleside Hospice charity involvement in the Trailblaster12, Cannonball has gathered together a team of five runners to take on a 100-mile challenge, all in aid of raising money for Pendleside Hospice.
Besides how important we feel it is to highlight the charity aspect of our race, the charity event on 22nd February will act as a test run for the Trailblaster12 (held on the same course on June 21st), and will allow us to monitor the experience offered in the race.
Who’s in the Team?
Helen Buchan: Helen is taking place in the challenge in honour of Mike Ennis, who was an inspirational PE teacher from Blessed Trinity School. Mike was a close friend to Helen from the age of 11. Sadly, Mike died of kidney cancer in December and was looked after in the hospice, Helen was particularly moved by how professional and caring the staff were in the hospice and when this opportunity arose to give something back, she took it with both hands!
Dave Potter: Dave also knew Mike, and was taught by him at school, also jumped at the chance to raise money for the Hospice, knowing the great work they do.
Laura Hesketh: Laura is a Blackburn Harrier from Burnley who has seen the good the hospital serves in the community and also couldn’t wait to help out.
John Lloyd: The Hospice is also very similar to a Hospice where my Grandma Joan Lloyd stayed in, before she passed away. This hospice was called “Dr Kershaws” in Oldham. I saw first hand the uniqueness of the care offered in the hospices. So naturally for me a similar hospice (Pendleside) were the chosen charity to benefit from the challenge and the actual Trailblaster12 event.
Nick Gaskell: Nick is well known locally for being the race organiser of the East Lancashire Hospice 10K (another great cause) and also has a business ‘Gaskell Motor Bodies’ in Great Harwood who are very prominent when it comes to raising money for charity.
Where did the 100-mile mark come from?
The 100-mile mark was the winning distance equivalent at the Conti 12 hour
challenge run over a 10k course last year (this a similar event to the
Trailblaster). In fact, their course is 10k and actually had less climb so this
is slightly more challenging attempt.
How will it work?
We have created a just giving page, which you can access here:
We are asking for pledges towards Pendleside Hospice for our attempt at this feat. It’s all very simple these days by using the just giving page or you can sponsor us even via text with no charge or paperwork.
Simply Text TBPH99 TO 70070 FOLLOWED BY THE AMOUNT £ ??
Each individual of the team is committed to getting as much sponsorship as possible, so keep an eye out for his or her posts!
Our distance would be measured on the amount of 5K laps we can complete on the Trailblaster12 course.
33 laps (5k per lap) = just over 100 miles and 9419ft climbing in 12 hours.
Support us! even run with us – win a prize.
If you would like to come and watch and support the attempt, feel free to do so and cheer us along! We will be running from 7am till 7 pm. Or you could run with us !
For every one of the 5K Trail loops you run on the course at the same time as us we will give you a raffle ticket. The raffle will be drawn at the finish to win a pair of Inov8 running shoes of your choice. Thanks to Inov8 and Sportsshoes.com for their generosity here.
All details of the actual Trailblaster12 Event held at Towneley Park Burnley on June 21st can be found by clicking: http://trailblaster.uk/.
You can actually run for the hospice yourself and receive a free place to this year’s event.
Thanks so much for you contribution, the hospice and we are really grateful.